Bristol based charity Studio Upstairs has recently been awarded funding from Arts Council South West to stage a year-long arts project called Drawing Through. Today they announced that they have appointed local artist Alice Jones to work on the project alongside Jack Gibbon of Antlers Gallery in Bristol.
Studio Upstairs is an artist’s studio that supports adults suffering from mental health issues and those in drug and alcohol recovery. The Drawing Through project will involve Alice and Jack working alongside the 50 members who attend Studio Upstairs. Over the next few months Alice, Jack and the team at Studio Upstairs will arrange workshops, gallery visits and artist talks as well as encouraging the members to look at different ways to create art. The project will culminate in three exhibitions later this year, which will include work from the Studio’s life drawing class and writers group.
Alice Jones is an Artist and Illustrator specialising in pencil based drawing. In 2010 she received the Emerging Artist Award at The Royal West of England Academy autumn exhibition. She studies the themes of people and landscape and is currently developing a new body of work. Of her appointment as lead artist for Drawing Through she said: ‘Studio Upstairs promotes a great place for members to express themselves creatively within a supportive community. It is a wonderful opportunity to be the Lead Artist of Studio Upstairs’ Drawing Through project in Bristol. I cannot wait to see what the members have been working on and sharing my own practice with them.’
Jack Gibbon, Director of Antlers Gallery in Bristol is going to be curating the three exhibitions later this year. “I am very excited to be working on ‘Drawing Through’ with Studio Upstairs and Alice Jones. You can tell straight away from Alice’s work that she has a deep understanding of drawing processes. I can imagine this will provide a great source of inspiration to the studio members.”
This is the first time that Studio Upstairs has received funding from the Arts Council and follows a year of intense fundraising under the leadership of Director Zlatinka Hristova who took over in February 2011. “This funding really goes to show the high quality of artwork that is produced at Studio Upstairs. We are very pleased to be able to run the project and showcase the great work of both our artists and of Alice Jones and Jack Gibbon. ”